Current status of early window reported Celtic targets that Bhoys could still sign

By Euan Davidson

July 22, 2021

With so many Celtic targets identified during a transfer window, it’s often hard to keep track of what’s going on.

For example: a few weeks ago we were strongly linked to Croatian defender Mario Vuskovic [Sun]. Now? Nothing. Way back, under Martin O’Neill, it looked as if Celtic had snared World Cup winner Rivaldo [Sky Sports], but nothing came of it. So, seemingly having the rug pulled, whether a deal was close or not, is nothing new at all.

It’s a tricky time to know what’s happening and what isn’t. Especially with a new manager, and an exhaustive list of positions in the squad needing reinforcements.

So, then: what’s the latest with some of the players Celtic have been linked with this window?

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Piero Hincapie: one of the more ambitious Celtic targets

Copa America’s break-out star, it seemed exciting when Celtic were linked with Ecuador international Piero Hincapie [Mundo Deportivo]. Especially when the 19-year-old had reported interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and more.

That was three weeks ago. Since then, Hincapie’s club president told Spanish media [Eldes Marque] that his star man was in “advanced talks” with a Serie A club.

Calcio Mercato believe that Serie A club was and remains Napoli. The Italian website have named a price of €10m, and stated that Lazio are also keen on the centre-back, as are Roma [Calcio Mercato].

So, it seems a move to Serie A is more likely, but nothing’s happened quite yet.

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Aaron Boupendza

Celtic’s “main target” according to reports in his homeland [Gabon Media Time]. Aaron Boupendza, the Turkish Super Lig sensation, had gone a bit a quiet in terms of Celtic target news.

However, the explosive attacker has re-emerged in the gossip columns. Ah, but: Watford, Atalanta, Fiorentina and Olympique Lyon are also keen on the goal-getter, according to Gabon Media Time.

It feels very much like any move for the Gabonese international is predicated on what happens with Odsonne Edouard. His form in the Super Lig, with 22 strikes in 36 league games [Transfermarkt], dictates that we’d most likely need to make a sizeable offer to land the 24-year-old.

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Domestic Celtic targets: Josh Doig, Kevin Nisbet

If you thought Celtic would make quick work of signing two Hibernian players this summer window, no dice.

Not yet, anyway. Since being linked to Celtic in January [Sky Sports], talk of Celtic signing Josh Doig has quietened dramatically. In regards to both Nisbet and Doig, Hibs’ Sporting Director Graeme Mathie is so far staying true to his evaluation of both players.

Mathie told the Athletic:

“It’s a bit of a personal crusade but I’d love to break the club’s transfer record.”

Of course, we’ve seen Nisbet being pally with Celtic first-team players, and Jack Ross sounds resigned to losing some of his key players this summer. Last week, he told Sky Sports:

“Naturally I want to keep them but I am not naïve enough to not expect there to be either interest, or concrete interest. We just have to make sure that we are ready for that because there will come the right time for these players to move as well.”

At the time of writing, Celtic have Boli Bolingoli, Greg Taylor and Adam Montgomery as options at left-back. So, at the moment, it seems unlikely that a Celtic approach for Doig is imminent.

The striker situation remains unclear, though, so it’s quite possible Nisbet could end up a Celtic player.

In other news: Celtic receive European warning from free-scoring Dutch side